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Jan 26, 2020 11:08AM
Agree with Exbmxgrl on this one. Unless you are following the recipe that says "start with marinating yourself with one bottle of wine," the key is balance and a general focus on healthy food. This includes the indulgences and sweets that make life a lot more fun.
I try to focus on ingredients that I can recognize: real flour, real dairy products, cuts of meat or fish, fresh vegetables and fruits, herbs, wine, butter or olive oil. I use some frozen items such as peas and spinach, and some canned/jarred items such as tomatoes and stock which I don't have time to make from scratch. I am the lady who often has 4 types of carrots in her fridge. Which reminds me that I need to use up the parsnips and red cabbage.
Usually, I have wine with dinner, but since there is an extra 15 pounds of me at the moment (down from 20+), I am drinking herbal tea and upgrading my lunches from the dubious items that I was purchasing. I now make veggie soups which are more nutritious and contain fewer calories. When I shed the remainder of the weight, I will layer wine back in as I miss the celebratory evening ritual.
I will be taking a break in about 10 days to celebrate my birthday appropriately. This includes a ski trip, champagne, good wine, and chocolates for Valentine's Day which immediately follows. Still working on a second present for myself. The Wellies will be great and get good use, but they don't quite cut it for a milestone birthday.
Don't do organic wine. Organic or biodynamic grapes yes, but you need sulfites unless you like to drink expensive vinegar. This from a winemaker friend of mine who owns a biodynamic vineyard which produces amazing wines, and where I get to camp in the orchard. (I put the lodging savings into wine and good food.) These wines will be labeled something like "made from organic grapes."
Anyway, my take is that life is too short to deprive oneself of good food. This is not the same as a diabetes diagnosis where managing one's food intake would be critical. Or heart disease. Exercise has been shown to have a clear benefit in survival, but diet is a lot harder to pin down. Obviously, a diet of Cheez Doodles and soda isn't a good idea for breast cancer survivors, but it's a bad idea anyway.
Anyway, most of us look at food the wrong way. We need to focus on nourishing body and spirit. Yes, I had done a bit too much wine in the past year or so. Do I think it's going to affect things (other than weight) one way or another??? No, but I can say that I am looking forward to a more svelte future where I can rock my belt collection and look fabulous in my clothes. Which is why I decided to focus and take action.
So take a great breath.....and then plan a fabulous and healthy meal of foods you love. This would include wine. Because you have much to celebrate, which is the rest of your life.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it. - Claire
Completed all treatment (AC +T, lumpectomy, radiation and 5 years of AIs - anastrazole). Now celebrating every single day for the wonderful life I have been granted.
8/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)